Monday, February 2, 2009

My World#9 Museo Dabawenyo

This is my entry for:
This is Museo Dabawenyo (Davao Museum) located at Pichon St., Davao City. It is just by the Andres Bonifacio Monument (another city landmark). The museum building was originally used as a courthouse but was later abandoned. Recently, it has been restored and is now being used as the city museum. It was opened for public viewing just early last year in time for the city's foundation day.

The museum now houses artifacts from the indigenous tribes of the city and nearby provinces. It also caters to art exhibits and symposium.

The hereunder picture is the close-up view of a miniature Maranao (one of the Muslim tribes) boat with intricate designs.

This is the entire view ofo Kapal-A-Datu, the miniature Maranao boat. This is located at the second level of Museo Dabawenyo.

I initially thought that these are hats but the sign indicated that these are called "Todong". Todongs are food covers widely used by our Muslim brothers. The designs in these food covers are in Mindanao and Tausug tribe designs.

I really wish we have more of this picture in the museum. This is a picture of two beautiful Bagobo (another indigenous tribe) ladies in their full regalia. Their dresses are usually quite colorful. Their skirt is made of handwoven treebarks called "tinalak". Their bracelets are made of brass tiny bells that ring every movement. Headdresses are made of colorful beads as well the necklaces which were interpersed with brass tiny bells.

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lili11 February 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM  

Oo.. they allow you to snap pictures in the muzeum? wonderful!

Guy D February 2, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

Wow what a fun looking museum, thanks for the tour of your world.

Regina In Pictures

Indrani February 2, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

I loved those food covers. So nice to see such accessories used by different people. And the metal boat is just amazing.

Photo Cache February 2, 2009 at 7:46 PM  

I see that the museum is housed in the Marites Building. Nice post.

My post is at

Mojo February 2, 2009 at 7:55 PM  

That tintype (I'm guessing that's what it is) of the two women at the end is awesome! And truly? There are a lot of places here in the states where they would blend right in!

George February 2, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

This looks like a very interesting museum. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Skies February 2, 2009 at 8:23 PM  

I really thought so that the building's name is Marites, kaw ha...I have to squint my eyes to read the building's name clearly.

Nindot isuroy diha bah...

chrome3d February 2, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

Some fine artifacts in the museum. I was drawn to that boat with unusual sail construction.

alicesg February 2, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

Very interesting culture you have. Nowadays the museum allowed us to snap photos without flash, isn't it cool.

Miah Laborte February 3, 2009 at 12:45 AM  

hay.. dugay nako sige ingon muadto dha ug magtake ug pix.. wla pa japon waaahh!! hehehe... nice pix... sna mkadalaw ako jan soon.. wehehehe... sus... 30 min. ride lang bah... lol...

antigoni February 3, 2009 at 2:12 AM  

I love museums. Great post and photos.

auringonkukka finland =) February 3, 2009 at 2:25 AM  

so beautiful photos ;)
have a nice week!

Coastcard February 3, 2009 at 3:43 AM  

Greetings from snowy Wales, UK. Thank you for visiting my blog so that I could find yours! We love museums: my husband is an archaeologist.

Digital Polaroids February 3, 2009 at 4:40 AM  

Thanks for the wonderful tour!

Marites February 3, 2009 at 4:50 AM  

Thank you all for the comments here, dear readers:) You all got my heart swell with pride and joy.

Gattina February 3, 2009 at 7:05 AM  

These costumes are amazing ! what a work !

Brit' Gal Sarah February 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

Very interesting, and that is quite a ship!

Carver February 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM  

Great post. That looks like a fascinating museum.

Janie February 3, 2009 at 3:03 PM  

You gave us a great introduction to your museum. The miniature ships are beautiful, and I especially like the photo of the indigenous young girls.

mountain.mama February 3, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

So many treasures to be found in museums! Too ba we have to get "old" to appreciate them.

Lantaw February 3, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

Ayos a! meron pala nito sa Dabaw?

Sidney February 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM  

That is indeed a very nice looking museum with a lot of interesting objects and images.

Lawstude February 5, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

at first look i thought the museum was named after you lol. great collections and i am glad you were able to take pics inside the museum.

on my end, let me share my white water rafting adventure to you here

Anonymous March 19, 2009 at 8:09 AM  

Hi Diane here (",) thanks for the comment sa blog ko... i really admire your place (Davao)...Davao is really Beautiful lalo na the beach..talagang babalik kame ulit ng Family ko...

i wanted to try the zipline kaso medyo dyahe kasi kasama ko yung parent ko and our daughter eh ayaw ni hubby na pinag aantay sila, siguro pag kame na lang mag asawa, hindi na nga ren ako nakapag inquire sa zipline...

iba pa ba yung zipline sa camp sabros? which one kaya mas better?

about croc farm, ok lang naman dun, more on kids talaga mag eenjoy except na amaze kame kung gaano kalaki si Pangil he3x...

oo nga pala diba may new hotel daw sa city parang may MY yung namen forgot ko na...ok ba dun?

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